August 9, 2017
While Puppy Love has not had any cases of canine flu, there have been confirmed cases at other facilities in Louisville. Therefore, after careful consideration, and effective immediately, Puppy Love must require your pets be vaccinated for the canine flu viruses (H3N8 and H3N2). This requirement is for all services (daycare, boarding and grooming) provided at Puppy Love. For current clients, the vaccines (including the booster), must be completed by October 1st. All new clients are required to have all vaccinations prior to their first visit. Up-to-date vaccination records must be provided annually.
In addition, we require that your pets have the Bordatella vaccine every 6 months. All of these illnesses are respiratory related, and this adds another line of defense to keeping your pets safe and healthy.
We apologize for any inconvenience or added expense this may cause. However, the health and well being of your pets is our main concern. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
The dog flu or Canine Influenza Virus (CIV H3N2 or H3N8), is a highly contagious infection caused by influenza and is transmitted by aerosolized respiratory secretions like coughing and sneezing.
Symptoms of canine influenza virus include:
Dogs that are infected with the canine influenza virus may develop two different syndromes: Mild – These dogs will have a cough that is typically moist and can have nasal discharge. Occasionally, it will be more of a dry cough. In most cases, the symptoms will last 10 to 30 days and usually will go away on its own.
Virus shedding decreases substantially after the incubation period, but continues for 7 to 10 days. Once virus shedding ceases, the dog is no longer contagious. Therefore, it is unlikely that dogs pose a significant infectious risk by 10 days after onset of clinical signs.